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About Lafayette Village Grill
The Village Grill, situated in the beautiful Lafayette Village in North Raleigh, offers gourmet prime burgers, main plate salads, a variety of fresh appetizers, small plates, homemade soups, fabulous entrees, craft beers, and a full line of top shelf spirits. The inventive menu choices surpass the typical casual food found in other restaurants. Locally crafted beers and food products highlight a menu that is focused on the very best that American Cuisine has to offer. Eclectic menu choices are listed to represent the different styles of cuisine found throughout the country.
The original artwork displayed at The Village Grill adds to the restaurant’s dynamic and fun ambiance. The Village Grill’s outdoor patio overlooks Lafayette Village’s “Green” preserve. Enjoy the view of stately oaks, water fountains, and open space. After dinner, walk the slate-paved paths of the traffic-free shopping village and visit the other stores and restaurants in this enchanting village!
Raleigh, NC 27615
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Tuesday: 11:00am – 10:00pm; Wednesday - Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am; Sunday: 10:30am – 10:00pm
Falls of Neuse and Honeycutt Rd
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music is presented periodically. Check out the Entertainment section of the website for performers, dates, and times!
We also boast seven 60" HDTVs and one monstrous 120" model for game nights. Hello spectacular sports viewing!
Parking surrounds Lafayette Village and there is ample underground parking, entrance to the right of the village.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Our Private Room holds up to 50 guests. Private Party reservations are made for groups of 10 guests or more.
Lafayette Village Grill Ratings and Reviews
Food tasted like it came out of a can. If you just want food, and pretty big portions in a fun environment this is the place for you. No management here, so servers have no idea what they are doing, there are no systems and procedures and the attitude of unsupervised staff is what you might expect.
Too bad, good concept, good decor poor poor management
People were nice enough but the service wasn’t great. Place was not busy at all but it took way longer than expected to get food. Also, I had to keep clearing our table of used glasses & plates. Seems like there’s a lot of potential here but we left disappointed.
They were Not prepared for a busy night. Waitress was very nice even being overwhelmed and got the orders correct. We waited quite a while before ordering. Food was not great. Lettuce wraps were bland and lettuce was hardly big enough to fill. I've always had good experiences here but this night wasn't great.
I had lunch before doing some errands in town. The menu had a wide variety of choices and I intend to go back in the future to try some other dishes. I did the soup and sandwich combination with tuna melt and broccoli and cheese soup. There were a reasonable number of wines available by the glass but mostly widely available selections. The atmosphere is casual and sporty. It was a cool day so I did not eat on the patio but like that they offer outdoor seating.
We decided to eat outdoors. Unfortunately as a result we had to deal with too many flies. Otherwise the meal was excellent, the service attentive but not intrusive, and since it was a Thursday evening there was entertainment on the lawn. A very enjoyable evening with friends.
I had been there before so I thought it would be a good choice. The young woman who waited on us was not attentive. I specifically asked for just vinegar, NOT vinaigrette. I repeated it several times. I got vinaigrette & she said well this is what they gave me. Also, my friend order a beer twice & each time she wanted over 10 minutes. The second time, I went to the bar to get it & the bartender was not very friendly about it. Mind you, there were only two other parties in the place as it was about 3pm. Very disappointed & embarrassed.
The ahi tuna salad was divine! Will definitely be going back for more. The tuna was seared to perfection. My husband had a burger, which he enjoyed very much. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We like to dine here casually with friends or for special occasions. The cocktails are fantastic. Overall, a great place with exceptional dishes!
We requested outside dining because we had two little ones with us 8 & 5. They quickly made friends and played in the large courtyard area. The menu offered kids is excellent. It was our third time there and it's nice to watch the kids play as we casually had dinner and drinks.
It was Mother's Day so they were very busy and had been all day...We were told this more than once by the waitress and another waiter. None of our food came out at the same time and when it did most of it had to be sent back because it was cold. We were told we'd be getting a discount and that the chef and or manager would be over to talk to us and neither happened. Live and learn. $75 that could have been spent on a better experience someplace else...
Really just terrible. I want to like this restaurant. The location is great and the menu is so appealing, but it is just terribly managed. Had food spilled all over my table, asked repeatedly for napkins and clothes to clean up our table and clothes. Finally used my own wetwipes from the car. Manager never came to apologize or seem to notice. Went and asked the manager for silverware and he was totally annoyed to provide it, versus concerned that I had to physically come get it myself. Felt awful for the waitress. She was sweet, but dealing with a ton of management issues. 2 of 3 entrees came out completely incorrectly. Owner/operator needs to take a close look profit is going out the window.
This review is with a caveat that Lafayette Village Grill might be better on a normal occasion. We had reservations for 7 on Mother's Day for lunch. We were seated promptly. Waitress was attentive is getting order. However, when a member of our party ordered chips, she dashed off without seeing if there were any other appetizer orders. Later, when she came to take our orders, I ordered an appetizer soup along with an entree. She asked if I wanted the soup to come out ahead, I said "yes." However, she did not bring the soup for at least 20 minutes. The chips were exhausted twice while we waited for our meals. Much time was going by, and the waitress was giving us no updates. When my wife finally got her attention to ask about our food, she said that it was taking 30 - 40 minutes to get orders ready (our wait was at least 40 minutes after ordering). When the food finally arrived, at least two of the orders (my omelet included) had noticeably cooled. The food was otherwise OK, but no one was especially pleased. Our main complaint however is that the restaurant should have been prepared to handle the Mother's Day lunch crowd. They were most definitely not prepared.
Lunch for Mother's Day for 5. We sat inside (had reservation for 11:45am). We were seated promptly, took about 10 minutes for us to be acknowledged by our server. We had to ask for refills for our drinks if we happened to see her walk by. We had to ask if our food was ready after placing our order (30 mins had passed). Not sure I will go back for a "special" occasion.
The service was very slow. Also there was no air conditioning in the back half of the restaurant. We requested the manager. 20 minutes later a guy who claimed to be the manager came by. He seemed like he really didn't care. Never came back to check with us, it was very warm and humid outside and miserable inside. We have been to eat numerous times, they don't seem to want to spend the money to run the air conditioning. Won't be back any time soon.
Easter lunch with my college age kids that had an hour to eat . The Wait for our food was way too long. Waitress was nice and apologetic and said a large party was the reason. Then there was a long wait time to get my check picked up for payment. I was expecting to be there for an hour but it was an extra 30 min.
Food delicious !
We must have been at Village Grille on a REALLY bad night because although we made 6:30 reservations and were promptly seated, by almost 8pm we still had not received our food. We had hoped dining with two children at an earlier time, we would have an early night and good food.
The waiter did acknowledge the issue, maybe before we were even aware as he brought us something to nibble on while we waited. This should have been a red flag... but we have been to VG before and maybe were a bit more tolerant of hiccups. After over an hour after placing our order, we pleaded with the manager & server to just bring the kids food ASAP and we would continue to wait patiently for ours. The manager never returned to follow up and the server told us after 10 min of being scarce that it would be an additional 15 for the children's food. We left. It's our fault for holding out hope and giving them the benefit of the doubt for 1.5 hours, but to wait 90 plus min for food is a major fail on the restaurants side. As much as we have frequented VG in the past, it will be very hard to ever go back.
Love the warm goat cheese salad with steak. Burger was good too. Unseasonably warm weather made the patio fill up quickly so there were no outside seats unless you got there before 5:45. Service was slow since they were slammed so drinks went unfilled for a while. Disliked having to eat inside because then the younger kids couldn't run and play in the green space while we ate, socialized, and supervised. Overall decent though. We eat here once a month or so and will continue.
Very good food with great service. We went for dinner on a Friday night and while everything was really good, there were a lot of kids and parents who didn't really make sure they behaved. I watched one table have macaroni and cheese thrown all over the place by an infant who also broke several dishes by throwing them on the floor. However, the employees took care of things, but I felt sorry for them. We'll definitely return and the food was good.
My husband and I both got the Cobb salad. It came with chicken, bacon, eggs, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and blue cheese. I got the blue cheese dressing and my husband got the ranch...both are made on the premises. The lettuce was fresh as were all the ingredients and we liked the dressing. I have no complaints!!!
We had a table for 4 (4 adults and 4 kids) and sat outside. Its a great family atmosphere especially when the weather is nice as the courtyard area is perfect for kids to run and play while they are waiting on the food, and once they are done. We used to go to the restaurants in this area 4-5 times a month when we lived nearby, but even though we've moved, we still try to make it at least once a month. The Village Grill has a number of options for food, so no matter the picky eater, you can be sure to find something here. Additionally - the kids menu offers the basic kids items (cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, pasta, etc) - and they don't skimp on the quality just because something is on the kids menu :) Overall, great food and atmosphere!
Worth the drive. Pros: Party of 10 and all 10 were extremely satisfied with the food and service. We went for lunch hoping to find a smaller crowd. Cons: Even then the noise level is so high you literally have to shout for the person sitting across from you. Pricing of all dishes were appropriate.
My husband and daughter had the day off for the MLK holiday, but I did not. We decided w to go somewhere together near my workplace. Village Grill is about 5 miles from my office and the menu looked very appealing. We arrived at our scheduled reservation time (12:15) and there were about 7 tables seated, about 1/4 full.
We waited about 5 minutes, and the waiter brushed by and said he would be right back. It was at least 10 minutes until he approached the table. We told him it was a lunch hour, and gave him both drink and food order. The food arrived in a timely manner based on the time the order was placed. The "Angry BLT" had thick slab bacon. Most of the bacon was not just crisp, but completely burnt and blackened. The wheat toast was also burnt and black. I stopped the waiter and told him I did not want the sandwich. A manager approached the table and offered to make something else, but I told her I did not have time because the service was too slow. At that time, I also informed her that the pimento mac and cheese my daughter ordered was served at a barely lukewarm temperature. She ended up comping the entire meal (nothing was wrong with husband's lunch, so this was a nice gesture, but too little too late for me.)
Prior reviews noted service issues, but it surprised me nonetheless since the restaurant was nowhere near capacity. I think the menu has tempting offerings that lean to the pricier side. Based on this visit, I am not inclined to return any time in the near future.
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